Volvo drive for recycled plastics | Industry Intelligence

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 22, 2018

To show just how that target of using sustainable materials can be met, Volvo built a special version of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid, which used recycled materials in place of plastics.

The SUV, which was revealed on Sunday (June 17), has a tunnel console made from renewable fibres, plastics from discarded fishing nets and maritime ropes.

Seat also used fiber thermoplastic bottles, and sound absorbing trim hood - the material obtained after recycling seats old Volvo. In chairs of the crossover is also used a material in which there are fibers of plastic bottles.

"Volvo's move to integrate plastic waste into the design of their next fleet of cars sets a new benchmark that we hope others in the auto industry will follow", said Erik Solheim, Head of Environment at the United Nations.

Volvo sold 570,000 cars a year ago, with about five percent of plastics in its cars now made from recycled materials.

At least 25 percent of the plastics used in new Volvo vehicle models from 2025 will be from recycled materials, the Chinese-owned company said on Monday in an anti-pollution plan praised by the United Nations.

The XCTO was unveiled at the Ocean Summit in Gothenburg at the Volvo Ocean Race stopover, which raises awareness of sustainability with the United Nations Environment Clean Seas Campaign. The push will see the Swedish automaker offset its use of new plastic - both in the cabin and elsewhere in the construction of its vehicles - by introducing a greater percentage of reused materials. "This is proof that this problem can be solved by design and innovation". The UN points out that the world generates 300 million metric tons of plastic waste per year, and that half of all plastics produced are meant for single-use consumption before being thrown away. It represents another demonstration of Volvo Cars' commitment towards reducing its impact on the environment across all operations and products. In the longer term, Volo hopes to have fully electric cars make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.

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